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The Lunch Lady (Nguyen Thi Thanh)

23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
+84 93 388 79 22
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good26%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible12%
Travelers talk about
“soup” (112 reviews)
“noodles” (70 reviews)
“spring rolls” (81 reviews)
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Asian, Vietnamese, Soups
23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The noodles menu changes everyday and the food was actually decent. Don’t fall for the trap that they offer a few side dishes and unless you eat them you won’t have to pay for them so don’t think just because they put them on your...More

Thank Kevin R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very sad to see that this place, instead of welcoming the tourist popularity, have utilised their fame into trying to scam foreigners. I’ve lived in VN nearly 2 years, and although not an expert on the cuisine, I can tell you, that the food here...More

Thank Tom M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My son (17 years old and likes to eat) and I visited for lunch today. The place is run like a well-oiled machine. The waiter even offered us a chair to put our bags on to keep them out of the rain. We ate everything...More

Thank Momof2_ks
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a tribute to Anthony Bourdain, we tried this place. It’s very casual, off the beaten path, and the food is good.

Thank Andy P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Set lunch is different everyday, so surprise yourself. You could buy the recipe book from the lunch lady too. The prawn crackers are really yummy.

2  Thank Jessica C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I never really planned on coming here but after being in the area I thought why not, especially since I was about to leave Saigon. Where do I start? The food was terrible, It's one of the worst meals I've eaten in Saigon (i've been...More

1  Thank Tilly A
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the lunch lady like everyone else, based on the recommendation of Anthony Bourdain. It wasn't easy to find as it is tucked away behind the food place on the corner. Once we found it we ordered the dish of the day and...More

Thank MichaelTimaru
Reviewed June 27, 2018

I've heard of this place several times, including a local who recommended this place to me, but I'm sorely disappointed by the pho here. The broth wasn't rich at all, tasted mediocre, and the noodles were really hard. Maybe it tasted better when Anthony Bourdain...More

3  Thank chelsc8
Reviewed June 24, 2018

We were excited to try out what the lunch lady has to offer. Found her inside of the 23 Hoang. She's has a huge sign up front that says Lunch Lady. Immediately as we sat down, they served us spring rolls and fried shrimp cakes....More

Thank Lilly P
Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

I was really excited to try this place as it was recommended by a friend who used to live in Saigon and frequented this spot for lunch before Bourdain made it a destination. I would agree with previous reviews that it seems the lady has...More

1  Thank XelaNosnibor
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April 17, 2018|
Response from Ibai B | Reviewed this property |
She basically stays there all day long. I went by morning, around 11a.m. and she was there already. When I passed by again in the afternoon, around 7p.m., there she was again. Ask for the price first because the food is... More
April 17, 2018|
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Response from Hana Š | Reviewed this property |
Hi, it has been already some time we were there, but I believe she serves until 4 pm.
Sean L
June 11, 2017|
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Response from viewsfromawayfarer | Reviewed this property |
yes, open on Sundays (at least when I was there)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23 Hoang Sa St., District 1 | Phuong Da Kao, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
  • Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Ho Chi Minh City
  • Phone Number: +84 93 388 79 22
It's the best hawker/food stall in ho chi minh city!
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